Trazodone

Pronunciation : Trazodone is pronounced as: TRAZ oh done

Type: OTC / Prescription : Trazodone is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.

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What is trazodone

Trazodone is a tetra cyclic anti depressant drug. 

Common uses of trazodone

Trazodone is used to treat depression.

Trazodone is also used to treat insomnia, schizophrenia and anxiety.

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How to use trazodone

Use trazodone as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take the drug in more or less amounts.

Trazodone should be taken with meals or snacks.

Use of trazodone should not be stopped suddenly, as this may worsen your condition. If you want to discontinue it, start by slowly reducing your dosage. However, it is best to consult your doctor before you stop taking this medication. At times it is advised to continue with the medication even if you feel well.

Trazodone takes a few weeks to take full affect. In order to improve your condition, use the drug as long as directed by the physician.

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What are the precautions I should follow for trazodone?

Children:

Safety and effectiveness of trazodone is not established in children.

Older people:

Caution is advised as older people are more sensitive to adverse effects of trazodone.

Pregnant women:

Trazodone belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that trazodone may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women:

It is not known whether trazodone passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take trazodone with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.

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Other:

  • Use trazodone under strict medical supervision.
  • Before starting the treatment, inform your doctor if you have any medical history related to heart disease, glaucoma, asthma, liver problems and kidney problems. Also inform him of any personal or family medical history of any other mental/mood conditions as well as the list of substances you are allergic to.
  • In case if you have diabetes, inform your physician before hand as during trazodone treatment blood sugar levels may become uncontrolled.
  • Before any surgery, inform your doctor/dentist that you are using this medication.
  • As the drug causes dizziness and lightheadedness do not handle heavy machinery and do not drive during the treatment.
  • During the treatment, do not rise suddenly from sitting position as it may cause excess dizziness. Avoid activities that require alertness of mind.
  • As the patient may experience different mental conditions during the treatment, it is advised that the family members keep the patient under constant care. This is because during the treatment the patient may develop suicidal tendency.

What are the common side effects of trazodone

Common side effects of trazodone include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache, Drowsiness, Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach cramps
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Diarrhea

How do I store trazodone

Store trazodone at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.

Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.

What is the most important information I should know about trazodone.

Trazodone can cause impaired thinking, trouble sleeping, anxiety and panic attacks. Therefore, the drug is used under strict medical supervision.

Trazodone is used for treating depression. However, in younger adults below 24 years of age, the drug may cause severe side effects like mental / mood changes, suicidal tendency and increased depression. Therefore, trazodone is not recommended for people who are below 24 years of age.

Consult your doctor frequently during the first few weeks of treatment in order to check the changes in your behavior during the treatment.

Trazodone works best if it is taken after a meal or snack.